The following questions and explanations are meant to help potential applicants determine whether the AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is an appropriate source of funding for their project’s needs and to ease application completion and submission process.
Each Investigator (Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators) identified on the application cover sheet must have an individual AZA Membership at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level. Institutional membership (i.e., those employed by an AZA-member organization) does not count as individual membership and individual members at the Friend level are not eligible. All others should be listed as collaborators in the narrative of the proposal and do not need to be members of AZA. The roles and qualifications of all collaborators should be described in detail and their CVs may be attached to the application if appropriate. Learn more about AZA Individual Membership.
Acceptance of a CGF award affirms that the recipient is a program partner of the relevant SAFE species program(s).
Yes. Beginning in 2022, only applications on behalf of approved SAFE species programs are eligible for funding. Submissions must reflect the program team's priorities and implement the team's three-year program plan.
Proposals for new SAFE species programs must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the CGF application deadline, to allow for appropriate review and consideration.
No. While submissions must reflect the priorities and implement the three-year program plan of approved SAFE species programs, some SAFE species programs are implementing similar strategies, solving for similar challenges, would benefit from similar research, etc. Collaboration among a CGF project and more than one AZA SAFE program may be beneficial, although it is not required, and should be clearly described in the proposal.
Yes. AZA has defined seven specific categories, which must be applied to advance SAFE species programs' priorities:
Most proposals are made by larger institutions, however CGF encourages submissions from smaller institutions as the average rate of award success is equal amongst small and large institutions.
Yes. Costs that are not supported include:
CGF does not fund multi-year projects; each CGF grant is for one year only. PIs can apply for a second year of funding, but must do so by submitting a new application. The same component of a project can be funded for a maximum of two cycles. However, different components of the same project are eligible for consideration as new project submissions and previous recipients may apply for funding to support a different project.
Yes. Since CGF proposals are reviewed based on their individual merit, there is not a limit on the number of times a PI can apply for CGF funding - even within a single funding cycle.
The average CGF award is approximately $18,500.
Yes. You may apply for CGF funding even if you've already applied to other funding sources. You must indicate in the budget section of your CGF application which items (if any) were also requested from other sources and identify all other pending grants. You are required to alert the AZA Conservation office if funding is received that overlaps with the part of the project for which CGF support is requested. The AZA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) retains the right to revoke any portion of a CGF award if additional funding that overlaps with the CGF portion is accepted.
The CGF cannot fund project-related salaries for staff who are already employed elsewhere, providing them with a "second salary,” nor can CGF support their long-term, regular employment, even if that employment is based on soft-money (e.g., grants). Salaries for graduate students, technicians, and start-up positions established solely for the purpose of completion of the project may qualify for funding.
No. Letters of support/endorsement from AZA Programs (Taxon Advisory Groups, Species Survival Plans, SAFE) are not accepted, although coordination with AZA SAFE programs is expected and a Statement of SAFE Species Program Alignment from the relevant SAFE species program(s) must be submitted with the application. To assure program review of relevant submissions, AZA SAFE or Animal Program Leaders may serve as expert reviewers in the application review process and may express their support for a proposal at that time.
The CGF application review is a two-tiered process, ensuring that only the proposals of highest quality and relevance are selected for funding. A detailed description of this process can be found on the Selection Process page.
Please see CGF Tips for Success for suggestions.
Please email CGF@aza.org